For the past few years, on every weekday morning, he sat by his apartment window to drink and think over his carefully prepared coffee. However, for many weeks he pondered life outside his urban maze. This day, in his quiet sanctuary on the 2nd floor he heard rural whispers as an image appeared on the surface inside his cup.
He stared into his cup, picked up his phone, and called the office. He notified that he wouldn’t return for another week. “I’m not OK, but I will be,” is how he ended the conversation. Instead of heading to the office, he began to pack his backpack for his unplanned trip beyond the city’s boundaries to find the place he saw in a cup of coffee.
Thanks for reading my 1-minute fictional story. I wrote it a couple of years ago on Backspac.es and breathing new life to it on my blog. Please comment below and share your thoughts on this story. I appreciate your feedback.
I think I know more now at almost a half-century of life than I did a couple of decades ago. I foolishly thought that I knew it all when I was out of college at 24, but the more I know now, the more I realize I don’t know much. There is a Jewish proverb that says that wisdom is better than gold.
Wisdom is not the amount of knowledge you have but applying the knowledge you have. You can know how to make money, but the wisdom is in how you use that money. You can be an expert at driving, but if you are constantly getting traffic tickets then that knowledge is not being maximized to your own benefit; let alone any good for anyone else.
Wisdom is a heart thing; not a head thing. Many times, wisdom is making the tough decisions 90% of people are not willing to make. Wisdom is selectively choosing relationships and endeavors that may not seem popular. Wisdom is the voice that keeps you from repeating that same mistake over and over. Many times, wisdom requires courage to see it in action. Wisdom requires courage because the decisions you make influence others linked to you.
The sign in the picture says, “You know more than you think you do,” and let me add that the greater challenge is to apply what you already know to benefit yourself and those connected to you.
I’m in the middle of a reboot. When I self-published my first children’s book, Violen there were a number of “Doh!” moments, like finding typos. The young man who allowed to be photographed had reminded me that he wanted his identity to be obscured. I wanted to be good to my word, so I re-edited all the photos with an oil-painting app “Glaze” on my iPhone. I also, went through the story and now submitting with with my educator friends to be my editors/proofreaders. Going to start a Kickstarter campaign at the end of the month to self-publish books to get into as many educators in as many schools, libraries, and indie bookstores as I can. If I can get over some silly typo error that I’ve done twice now with where my name belongs on the credits page, then I can publish the eBook version on iTunes and Amazon. I will be sharing the story, a page a day, here on my blog and as social media at the start of the Kickstarter campaign. I’m excited to share my first story.
I have had stories in my head for 25 years: mostly stories for young people. Hey! I was one of those young people 25 years ago. I finally started writing draft a story in 1999. Years prior to that, I put ideas down in thinking maps. If I remember correctly, I finished the first draft in one night. Here I am 14 years later, on a mission to revive this dream and actually share stories with others. It is obvious that I need help along the way because I’ve never published anything before. I submitted a draft of my first story to a publisher a few years ago, and it came back. Discouraged but not crushed I asked a few artists to help illustrate the story and put my words into images, but the timing wasn’t right until now. I have been really with family and work, but this dream won’t die, no matter what I do. This time I’m going to see it through. Here it is. My plan is to use this site as my creative launch pad. Hope you enjoy the journey with me. Cheers!